Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 22, 2018
#1: DEMAND A PROGRESSIVE BUDGET FOR MARYLAND
Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a $44 billion budget last week that came up way short of progressive priorities such as education and fighting the opioid crisis. It also included lots of goodies for business and industry, and Hogan is proposing up to $5 billion in credits and incentives for Amazon's second HQ. Call his office to let him know that the budget needs to be revamped: 410-974-3901
#2: SUPPORT A FAIR IMMIGRATION ACT
The federal government shutdown, which was heading toward a conclusion today, made a spectacle of using the issue of immigration as a bargaining chip. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals measure still needs to be addressed before hundreds of thousands of people have their lives disrupted. And the federal government is still planning to take away temporary status for many people from countries hit with disasters. Call Senators Cardin (202-224-4524) and Van Hollen (202-224-4654) to encourage their support for Dreamers and a fair immigration policy. Call Rep. Andy Harris to demand he support a humane solution. (DC: 202-225-5311, Kent Island, 410-643-5425).
#3: RALLY FOR TRUMP'S REMOVAL
The People's March is occurring this Saturday in Washington, D.C., with a call for the impeachment of President Trump. His numerous conflicts of interest, shady business dealings, and coordination with foreign powers constitute grounds for dismissal. Look to the events section for more details.
Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #2 - Shutdown Shenanigans
Rep. Andy Harris is making chirps on Twitter trying to shift the blame for the government shutdown even though his party controls the House, Senate and White House. On Saturday he said “We wouldn’t need to pass short-term spending bills if Mr. Schumer (D-NY) would allow the Senate to debate the appropriations bills that the House passed last September.” But here's an example of what was in those bills. They cut $13 million from the EPA’s program to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. The bill also had an amendment to prohibit enforcement of bay pollution limits by the EPA. The bills also did not fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. Those are the kind of measures Harris would want to become law to avoid a shutdown?
This is a new weekly feature spotlighting Andy Harris' record. Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 23-24 - TALBOT FAMILY NETWORK
Details: All day, Talbot County Education Center, 12 Magnolia St., Easton
Beyond Diversity seminar offered by Talbot County. For more information, contact
JAN. 25 - VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Details: 4 pm, Talbot County Elections office,
215 Bay Street, Suite 7, Easton
Members will receive a short training class on how to sign up people in Talbot County so they can change registration or vote in the primary and general elections.
JAN. 25 - NINA TURNER AND BEN JEALOUS
Details: 5:30 pm, Devilbiss Hall, Room 123, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus is sponsoring an evening with leading figures in the progressive movement, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and Our Revolution President Nina Turner. Tickets available at LowerShoreProgressive.com.
JAN. 27 - MARCH FOR IMPEACHMENT
Details: 11 am, Start at Seward Circle and march to Lincoln Memorial at Noon
The People's March on Washington is calling for action to hold President Trump accountable for ignoring and abusing laws of the country. Activists will rally to demand his investigation for high crimes and misdemeanors and his removal from office.
For more information, click this link.
JAN. 27 - BOOK TALK: SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH
Details, 2 pm, Talbot County Free Library, 100 W Dover St, Easton,
Dr. James Burdick will discuss ideas garnered from interviewing health care professionals and his own extensive research. The author describes an optimistic new approach to improving health care delivery to cover every American.
- News and Updates -
BUDGET FIGHT UNFOLDING IN ANNAPOLIS
Gov. Larry Hogan's budget was released on Jan. 17, and contained modest increases in state spending. But it disappointed progressives with cuts in some education programs and other needs. Struggles will unfold in the next several weeks over some program rollbacks, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, the General Assembly will be looking for ways to protect health coverage programs that are being squeezed by actions in Washington by the Trump administration.
And despite declaring an opioid crisis in the state in March 2017, health officials are disappointed by the low funding levels proposed in the budget to fight the drug epidemic, according to the Maryland Reporter web site.
*** LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Talbot Rising members are invited to a Climate Messaging Workshop designed with Eastern Shore environmental concerns in mind. Date and time will be determined based on participant input. It will be sponsored by Pickering Creek Audubon and Wildlife Conservation Service. The workshop will be held at the Pickering Audubon Center.
Attendees will learn about local climate impacts: 1) shifting ranges for North American bird populations and 2) salt marsh loss due to sea level rise on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Participants will have an opportunity to interpret climate change through the lens of these specific, local challenges. Interested ? Please reply to email@example.com. Include your phone number.
CATCH UP ON MAJOR ISSUES
Talbot Rising has produced a series of video programs taped at the Avalon Theater with MCTV. You can watch these informative exchanges on YouTube. Here's your quick program guide and easy links:
Affordable Care Act
The Opioid Crisis
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